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In a Flash of Pink – Roseate Spoonbill!

by | May 26, 2011

Anyone who has ever tried to walk through mangroves tracking a roseate spoonbill – never mind with a backpack full of photography gear and holding a camera – knows that it is not easy. Twisted above-ground roots and protruding rhizomes make any travel slightly faster than not moving at all. Estuarine mud sucks at boots and shoes, and none of this is ever done quietly. Then there are the ever-present saltwater mosquitoes (Florida’s State Bird) and no-see-ums. Every once in a while I wish someone was there photographing me as I am deeply focused and in “stalk mode” – oblivious to anything but my quarry. I’m sure it would be hilarious!

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

A young roseate spoonbill in the late afternoon Florida sun on Sanibel Island.

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